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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on Japanese Lawmakers' Visit to the Yasukuni Shrine

2014/10/17

Q: On October 17, over 100 members from a cross-party group of Japanese lawmakers visited the Yasukuni Shrine. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the shrine. What is China's comment on that?

A: China is deeply concerned about and firmly opposed to the negative trends relating to the Yasukuni Shrine that are emerging in Japan.

We would like to reiterate that only when Japan earnestly faces up to and deeply reflects upon its history of aggression, and makes a clean break with militarism, can China-Japan relations achieve sound and stable development. We urge the Japanese side to deal with relevant issues in a responsible way, abide by the statements and commitments it has made so far on historical issues, and take concrete actions to gain the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community.

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